Protesters rally in Leimert Park after Ferguson decision

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Protesters rally in Leimert Park after Ferguson decision
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About 100 protesters gathered at Leimert Park as they heard the announcement that Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the Michael Brown case.

LEIMERT PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- About 100 protesters gathered at Leimert Park as they heard the announcement that Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the Michael Brown case.

Making their voices heard, they then took to the streets, briefly shutting down traffic.

"I'm disappointed in America right about now," said Andre Knox. "This is very sad. It's 2014, and I can be killed in the street like its 1849 or something."

The California Highway Patrol stood guard at La Brea Avenue and the 10 Freeway after a handful of protesters headed down the on-ramp trying to get onto the freeway. Officers quickly moved in, but the commotion brought traffic to a crawl.

"We are frustrated with this injustice, and I suggest instead of throwing bricks to break windows that we work together with working class people and break the system," said Charles Dubois.

A group of religious leaders held a small news conference demanding changes in police policies.

"If they do not have a firearm, don't shoot. If they don't have a weapon, don't shoot," said Pastor William Smart of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. "This boy Michael Brown was innocent, unarmed, and he got shot down. We're tired of it."

About 200 people gathered at Leimert Park waiting to hear if Wilson would face charges.

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The disappointment and frustration was written across their faces moments after the announcement was made by St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

"We're all kind of numb because it's unfortunate that this is expected," said Kruti Parekh of Inglewood.

Church and city leaders along with the Los Angeles Police Department urged protesters to remain peaceful, and most followed suit as they continued to march through the streets for hours.

At one point, they gathered in front of the LAPD's Southwest Station before marching on toward the USC campus.

"It's a good thing that it's very peaceful, people are reflective, but it certainly doesn't solve the issues so we have a lot of work to do from here," said Mary Porterfield of Long Beach.

There were no significant problems or arrests reported in Los Angeles. Meantime, a second rally is scheduled at Leimert Park Tuesday afternoon.